2019 ACPA Convention, Boston, MA

March 5, 2019
Next Generation First Generation (NXFG)™ Professionals: Transcending Symbolic Positionality

Internalized historical or intergenerational trauma (IHIT) affects next generation/first generation professionals (NXFG), amplifying incompatibility. Symbolic positionality is a consistent theme for NXFG navigating exclusionary spaces, thinking imposter syndrome would dissipate, however oppressive systems persist. Invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (DuGruy) leave NXFG inundated with messages of inadequacy. Exploring equity- and intersectionality-based approaches grounded in critical theory reveals how IHIT decreases when valuing, not nullifying, narratives.


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